FACTS ABOUT EASTER
1. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ three days after his death. It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year.
2. Christians consider Easter eggs to symbolize joy and celebration, new life and resurrection.
3. Households spend over $140 on Easter each year, $15 billion.
4. After Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy-consuming holiday. 120 million pounds of candy are bought each year, enough to fill four dump trucks.
5. 90 million chocolate bunnies, 91.4 billion eggs, and 700 million peeps are produced yearly in the United States.
6. 76% of people eat the ears of chocolate bunnies first.
7. Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe thrice.
8. Half of the states in the United States have banned the practice of dyeing chicks for Easter.
9. When coloring Easter eggs, it is recommended to use food-grade dyes, commercial egg dyes, fruit-drink powders, or liquid food coloring.
10. To help Americans in need, egg farmers across the country donate more than 11 million eggs to food banks nationwide.
11. The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn yearly. This tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.
12. Good Friday is an official holiday in 12 U.S. states (and if you're in one of those states, enjoy the long weekend).
13. There's a link between Easter and Passover; in some countries and languages, the words for the two feasts are related.
14. The largest Easter egg ever made was around 9,000 pounds. It needed a steel frame for internal support.